Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/16 – 9/26/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/11 – 9/15/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/6 – 9/10/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 9/1 – 9/5/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/27 – 8/31/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/25 – 8/26/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/22 – 8/24/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Ellijay resident arrested in Canon for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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CANON, Ga. – On August 24, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested Dustin Tyler Burgess, 34, of Ellijay, Georgia, and Uriel C. Mendoza, 30, of Copperhill, Tennessee, charged them both with “trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children.”

MethamphetamineAccording to the GBI’s press release, the arrest occurred in the city of Canon in Franklin County, but the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), a branch of the GBI, stretches all across Northeast Georgia including Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, and Cherokee Counties along its western edge. ARDEO agents executed the search warrant at 2064 New Franklin Church Road where they report they found “an active methamphetamine conversion lab inside one of the buildings” which was identified as a horse stable.

Allegedly converting liquid meth into crystal meth, the lab was so large that the ARDEO agents could not process the scene alone. They contacted the DEA Clan Lab Team to aid in the scene. Additionally, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Banks County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia State Patrol aided in the investigation.

MethamphetamineAccording to the GBI, “Agents seized approximately five kilograms of finished crystal methamphetamine and approximately 255 gallons of liquid methamphetamine solution. It is estimated the amount of liquid methamphetamine solution that the lab was likely capable of producing was over 700 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of over $7.8 million.”

Piles of crushed cans of Acetone, tubs, plastic boxes, barrels, and coolers were found at the site and processed by the agencies in the investigation. More photos of those items can be found on the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office’s social media page. The current status of the two arrested, including Ellijay’s Dustin Burgess, is currently unknown as FYN awaits a response from the GBI about the status of the two.

Methamphetamine

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/17 – 8/21/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/11 – 8/16/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/6 – 8/10/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 8/1 – 8/5/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/26 – 7/31/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/19 – 7/25/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

Gilmer holds meeting for Amicalola Falls Scenic Byway

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with a project to designate a scenic byway between Gilmer, Pickens, and Dawson counties. Meetings are being held this month informing citizens about the byway and answering questions on the topic.

Each county is looking to hold one meeting for the the project, allowing their citizens an opportunity to attend a closer location.  The counties’ Boards of Commissioners have already approved the initial process of the designation for the byway. Gilmer approved it in November 2021.

Gilmer’s meeting, led by Janet Cochran, saw citizens attending and questioning the projects aims and benefits to the county and balancing them against the costs. Many citizens questioned whether the project might increase traffic on local and state roads as one of the main roads of the byway travels along Highway 52 between Dawson and Gilmer. However, the entirety of the byway involves several offshoots, loops, and branches of the route connecting small roads into it, roads like Orchard Lane.

But the inclusion of many of those side roads are part of the discussion as Executive Director of the Greater Gilmer Joint Development Authority (JDA) Kent Sanford said that is part of what they are asking citizens for. Sanford said that utilizing input from citizens who live in the area, they can not only offer suggestion or requests to move certain sections or alter the route in ways to provide the best scenario as well as offering suggestions on improvements to the route.

Scenic Byway

A map of the proposed Amicalola Falls Scenic Byway as presented in the July 2022 meeting with citizens.

That is part of the Georgia Rural Economic Development organization’s process in the byway designation. They will offer recommendations to government entities from local county commissioners to the state and GDOT on the needs of this route to both improve and maintain the scenic nature of the byway. Cochran said that this could be an increase in trash pickup, addition of certain things as a part of the Corridor Management Plan. However, the committee itself has no power to enforce or accomplish these tasks as they can only suggest them to the roads management.

This is all to maintain the six intrinsic qualities of a byway including scenic, natural, historic, cultural, archaeological, and recreational sites. Of which, the route being designated has five qualities. Only archaeological wasn’t found.

Being 81 miles long, the Amicalola Scenic Byway touches jurisdictions of Dawson County, Dawsonville, Gilmer County, Ellijay, Pickens County, and Jasper.

Cochran told citizens that the designation does not come with a widening of the road, construction, or other private property encroachments. There will be signs erected identifying the byway on the roadside, but no major expansions are included. On of the only restrictions that comes with the designation is no new billboards will be erected. Something that Sanford says Gilmer County already has in its ordinances.

Scenic Byway

A map of Gilmer’s portion of the Amicalola Falls Scenic Byway route proposed in the July 2022 meeting.

Gilmer’s meeting saw both opposition and support for the project as some suggested renaming it to include apples in the name and others worries about the state coming in to widen and control the roads. Still others spoke on the byway’s potential to add traffic to certain roads already under stress and in major need of repair. Countering that, some spoke about the byway’s plan to aid “market share,” a term used by Cochran, as draining tourists from the apple houses and directing them elsewhere. Similar discourse came in November 2021’s Gilmer BOC meeting as the board was questioned on the designation, its benefits, and “ulterior motives.”

In that meeting, Paris said he had begun thinking of something similar to this for Boardtown Road, though it would be a county designation and not a state designation.

Sanford said that the plan is to increase information and as people are likely to see the signs while already visiting the area. This could lead them to following the road after visiting apple houses and traveling in different directions instead of immediately returning via the same road after visiting their original destination. Cochran also assured citizens that the scenic byway doesn’t restrict their rights to develop their land along the road. As the county ordinances still dictate Land Use, citizens will not have any change in that area either. The county is also not required to fund any of the initial process of the designation. The meetings, information distribution, and even putting up the signs, if the designation is completed, is covered by Georgia’s Rural Center.

That process continues now, after this meeting, as the development of the Corridor Management Plan begins. Another meeting will be held to present that plan and it is sent to GDOT for approval and review by the DNR and DCA and then must be approved by the commissioner and board. If approved, it will join the 17 other Scenic Byways designated in the state. Citizens can find all scenic byways on the GDOT’s Scenic Byways page.

 

Gilmer County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report 7/11 – 7/18/2022

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Arrest report provided by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office requested by us.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows us (FetchYourNews.com) to request and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Gilmer County. These arrests are posted for public viewing. The charges listed are current at the time of the arrest. At times, further investigation may result in additional or lesser charges at a later date. Please remember that all individuals listed are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.

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